Bill was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico Territory, Dec. 24, 1911, the son of Fred and Elsie Armentrout. The family moved to Atascosa County in Texas in 1914. He attended school in Christene, Texas where he met and later married Nell Karcher. The couple continued to make their home in Atascosa County and were engaged in farming and ranching until 1936 when they moved to Karnes County. They farmed until 1940 and then moved to Nixon, Texas where Bill began his career with Farmall Tractors & Equipment and International Trucks. He voluntarily entered the Navy in 1944 and served in the Pacific campaign until war’s end in 1945. He was in the amphibious forces serving on a L.C.T. through the landing and securing the island of Okinawa. After Okinawa, his ship was sent to the sea of Japan just before the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshimo.
After his discharge, he returned to Nixon and continued his career with International Trucks and Tractors. In addition to raising his family, Bill was active in community affairs serving as Chief of the Volunteer Fire Dept., President of the School Board, member of the Masonic lodge and Baptist Church.
In 1954, Bill and Nell moved to Austin where he began a job as service manager for A.J. Maloney Company, International Dealer. In 1957, the International Harvester Co. bought the dealership and it became a company branch, Longhorn Equipment. He continued as branch service manager until 1970 when he was promoted to regional service manager. He retired in 1973.
Throughout their marriage Nell & Bill were avid travelers, primarily in their R.V. They visited all 50 states, most of Canada and throughout Mexico. They were very active in the Good Sam Travel Club and enjoyed making new friends. After Nell’s death, Bill continued his membership in the Good Sam Club serving as president of his local chapter, Cen-Tex Sams at the age of 95. After a severe fall in the summer of 2007, he reluctantly gave up driving, but continued to attend Good Sam rallies with one of his sons pulling his R.V. to the events.
Bill is survived by daughter, Jane Fischer, and sons, Bill, Jr. & wife, Ann, and Pat & wife, Dianna. Grandchildren include Jon and Laura Fischer, Jerry and Cindy Fischer, Bobby and Jena Fischer Lucroy, Bob and Janine Armentrout, Jim and Theresa Armentrout and Pam Armentrout. Great grandchildren include Bobby & Bonnie Armentrout, Billy Armentrout & Kayla, Patrick Armentrout, David Armentrout, Lauron Fischer, Jake Lucroy, and Amy Lucroy. One great, great grandchild, Arianna Hope Armentrout.
Bill was preceded in death by wife, Nell, in 2003, and son-in-law, Braxton Fischer in 2007.
Funeral services will be held on Monday July 20th at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Schaetter Funeral Home of Fredericksburg with Jon Fischer officiating.
Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Sunday July 19 from 5 to 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Schaetter Funeral Home of Fredericksburg
He will be missed by family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the South Texas Children’s home, Zion Lutheran Church of Fredericksburg or the charity of your choice.
Expression of sympathy may be sent @www.schaetter.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Schaetter Funeral Home